Back on Sept. 3, 2009, I put up a post called “Danny Gokey signs with RCA Nashville (Why would RCA Nashville do that?). After hearing Danny’s first “country” single – I still feel the same way that I did when I wrote that post. I liked Danny when he was on American Idol. But I didn’t consider him a country singer then, and I certainly don’t consider him a country singer now.
I don’t mind telling you all that I am a little annoyed that RCA Nashville would sign Danny, when there are so many really great country singers out there who are still unsigned. I guess part of the trick is that you have to have been on American Idol, and then you can pretty much do whatever you want to.
On July 25, I had an article up with the following Danny Gokey quote: "There’s no twang in me," Danny said, "but I love the message that country [has]. … Like, could you honestly see me talking about, like, booty and shakin’ it, being like, ‘Hey, girl!’ I’m just not that type of artist. Country music kind of houses the message that I like, and I can still talk about the things in my music that still goes on in that genre.”
And it looks like Danny is still saying that about country music …“I love this song for what it stands for,” says Danny, who recently performed a shortened version of the song on Los Angeles TV station KTLA. “I don’t live in the past. I live in the ‘now’ … in the future … and in the dreams that I have. I know that my best days really are ahead of me.”
I get it, Danny – you like the message that comes out of most country songs. But, my dear, that does not make you a country singer. And If you don’t mind – I can say that using your very words – “I can still talk about the things in my music that still goes on in that genre.” So, he makes it pretty clear that his music is not country.
Back when I wrote that article, RCA was saying that Danny’s new country album would be released in March 2010, and that his single was expected out by late fall. It’s now early winter, and apparently the single is ready to go … but is the world really ready for the new single?
I guess I’ve made it pretty clear how I feel about Danny’s entrance into the world of country music. But, I’m not going to try to convince you all to feel the same way I do – I’ll let you make up your mind for yourself.
Here’s Danny Gokey’s first country single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.”
It’s Monday, and it’s cold out, and I’m still sleepy. But I guess I better get ready for work. I hope you all have a great week! Stay warm! Drop me a line when you have a chance. I always look forward to your mail!